Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Worship tests our hearts. Nothing is so sacred or special to God as worship, for it is the continual activity around God's throne.

In 2 Samuel 6, we are confronted with two individuals who came under judgment for worshiping in the wrong way. The lesson of Uzzah (v. 7) is to maintain reverence in our worship. Flippant, halfhearted, presumptuous worship can result in the judgment of God coming upon our lives. God is long-suffering, but He will not be mocked by open disregard for His honor during our worship.

The lesson of Michal (v. 20) is not to be prideful in our worship. Michal despised David's true worship, and God's judgment caused her to remain childless throughout her life. David, however, was a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) in the way he expressed worship. He was serious and careful in bringing up the ark, yet childlike and undignified in his rejoicing.

Personal dignity is not an issue in heaven where all fall down before the throne in ceaseless praise and worship. One day we will join the angels in heaven in unashamed worship and praise to our God. As you worship Him now on the earth, remember His holiness and His happiness. Go ahead and worship in order and in ardor. God is watching your worship!

2 Samuel 4:1-6:23

Ish-Bosheth Murdered

When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that AbnerS 2Sa 3:27 had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.Now Saul’s son had two men who were leaders of raiding bands. One was named Baanah and the other Rekab; they were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite from the tribe of Benjamin—BeerothS Jos 9:17 is considered part of Benjamin,because the people of Beeroth fled to GittaimNe 11:33 and have resided there as foreigners to this day.

(JonathanS 1Sa 18:1 son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the newsS 1Sa 31:9 about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled.S Lev 21:18 His name was Mephibosheth.)2Sa 9:8, 12; 16:1-4; 19:24; 21:7-8; 1Ch 8:34; 9:40

Now Rekab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, set out for the house of Ish-Bosheth,S 2Sa 2:8 and they arrived there in the heat of the day while he was taking his noonday rest.Ru 2:7They went into the inner part of the house as if to get some wheat, and they stabbedS 2Sa 2:23 him in the stomach. Then Rekab and his brother Baanah slipped away.

They had gone into the house while he was lying on the bed in his bedroom. After they stabbed and killed him, they cut off his head. Taking it with them, they traveled all night by way of the Arabah.S Dt 3:17They brought the head2Sa 20:21; 2Ki 10:7 of Ish-Bosheth to David at Hebron and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ish-Bosheth son of Saul,1Sa 24:4; 25:29 your enemy, who tried to kill you. This day the Lord has avengedS Nu 31:3 my lord the king against Saul and his offspring.”

David answered Rekab and his brother Baanah, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, “As surely as the Lord lives, who has deliveredS Ge 48:16; 1Ki 1:29 me out of every trouble,10 when someone told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ and thought he was bringing good news, I seized him and put him to death in Ziklag.2Sa 1:2-16 That was the reward I gave him for his news!11 How much more—when wicked men have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed—should I not now demand his bloodS Ge 4:10; 9:5; Ps 9:12; 72:14 from your hand and rid the earth of you!”

12 So David gave an order to his men, and they killed them.2Sa 1:15 They cut off their hands and feet and hung the bodies by the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ish-Bosheth and buried it in Abner’s tomb at Hebron.

David Becomes King Over Israel5:1-3pp — 1Ch 11:1-3

All the tribes of Israel2Sa 19:43 came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood.S Ge 29:14; 35:26In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns.1Sa 18:5, 13, 16 And the Lord saidS 1Sa 11:6 to you, ‘You will shepherdS Ge 48:15; S 1Sa 16:1; 2Sa 7:7; Mt 2:6; Jn 21:16 my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.S 1Sa 12:12; S 13:14; S 2Sa 6:21’”

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant2Sa 3:21 with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointedS Dt 17:15; 2Sa 2:4 David king over Israel.

David was thirty years oldS Ge 37:2; Lk 3:23 when he became king, and he reigned1Ki 2:11; 1Ch 3:4 forty1Ch 26:31 years.In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months,2Sa 2:11; 1Ki 2:11; 1Ch 3:4 and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.

David Conquers Jerusalem5:6-10pp — 1Ch 11:4-95:11-16pp — 1Ch 3:5-9; 14:1-7

The king and his men marched to JerusalemS Jdg 1:8 to attack the Jebusites,S Jos 15:8 who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.”Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of ZionPs 76:2—which is the City of David.2Sa 6:12, 16; 1Ki 2:10; 8:1; Isa 29:1; Jer 21:13; 25:29

On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft2Ki 20:20; 2Ch 32:30 to reach those ‘lame and blind’Mt 21:14 who are David’s enemies.Or are hated by David” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”

David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terracesOr the Millo1Ki 9:15, 24 inward.10 And he became more and more powerful,2Sa 3:1 because the Lord God AlmightyPs 24:10 was with him.2Sa 7:9

11 Now Hiram1Ki 5:1, 18; 2Ch 2:3 king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David.12 Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdomS Nu 24:7 for the sake of his people Israel.

13 After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wivesS Dt 17:17 in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.14 These are the names of the children born to him there:1Ch 3:5 Shammua, Shobab, Nathan,Lk 3:31 Solomon,15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,16 Elishama, Eliada and Eliphelet.

David Defeats the Philistines5:17-25pp — 1Ch 14:8-17

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold.2Sa 23:14; 1Ch 11:1618 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;S Jos 15:8; S 17:1519 so David inquiredS Jdg 18:5; S 1Sa 23:2 of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”

20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.Baal Perazim means the lord who breaks out.S Ge 38:2921 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.Dt 7:5; Isa 46:2

22 Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim;23 so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.24 As soon as you hear the soundS Ex 14:24 of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in frontJdg 4:14 of you to strike the Philistine army.”25 So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines2Sa 8:12; 21:15 all the way from GibeonSeptuagint (see also 1 Chron. 14:16); Hebrew GebaIsa 28:21 to Gezer.S Jos 10:33

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem6:1-11pp — 1Ch 13:1-146:12-19pp — 1Ch 15:25–16:3

David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand.He and all his men went to BaalahThat is, Kiriath Jearim (see 1 Chron. 13:6)S Jos 15:9 in Judah to bring up from there the ark1Sa 4:4; 7:1 of God, which is called by the Name,Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate do not have the Name.Lev 24:16; Dt 28:10; Isa 63:14 the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthronedPs 99:1; 132:14 between the cherubimS Ge 3:24; S Ex 25:22 on the ark.They set the ark of God on a new cartver 7; Nu 7:4-9; S 1Sa 6:7 and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill.2Sa 7:1 Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cartwith the ark of God on it,Dead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts; Masoretic Text cart and they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill and Ahio was walking in front of it.David and all Israel were celebratingS Ex 15:20 with all their might before the Lord, with castanets,Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint (see also 1 Chron. 13:8) songs harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.Ezr 3:10; Ne 12:27; Ps 150:5

When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold ofS Nu 4:15, 19-20 the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act;1Ch 15:13-15 therefore God struck him down,S Ex 19:22; S 1Sa 5:6; 6:19; S 25:38 and he died there beside the ark of God.

Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrathPs 7:11 had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.Perez Uzzah means outbreak against Uzzah.S Ge 38:29

David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “HowS 1Sa 6:20 can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?”10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom1Ch 15:18; 26:4-5 the Gittite.11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.S Ge 30:27; 39:5

12 Now King David1Ki 8:1 was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed1Ki 8:5, 62; Ezr 6:17 a bull and a fattened calf.14 Wearing a linen ephod,Ex 19:6; S 1Sa 2:18 David was dancingS Ex 15:20 before the Lord with all his might,15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shoutsS Jos 6:5 and the sound of trumpets.Ps 47:5; 98:6

16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David,S 2Sa 5:7 MichalS 1Sa 18:27 daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.

17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it,1Ki 8:6; 1Ch 15:1; 2Ch 1:4 and David sacrificed burnt offeringsLev 1:1-17; 1Ki 8:62-64 and fellowship offerings before the Lord.18 After he had finished sacrificing1Ki 8:22 the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessedS Ex 39:43 the people in the name of the Lord Almighty.19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisinsHos 3:1 to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women.Dt 26:13; Ne 8:10 And all the people went to their homes.

20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-nakedS 1Sa 19:24 in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed1Sa 13:14; S 15:28 me ruler2Sa 5:2; 7:8; 1Ch 5:2; 17:7; Mic 5:2 over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

The Murder of Ishbosheth

When Ishbosheth,Ishbosheth is another name for Esh-baal. Saul’s son, heard about Abner’s death at Hebron, he lost all courage, and all Israel became paralyzed with fear.Now there were two brothers, Baanah and Recab, who were captains of Ishbosheth’s raiding parties. They were sons of Rimmon, a member of the tribe of Benjamin who lived in Beeroth. The town of Beeroth is now part of Benjamin’s territorybecause the original people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim, where they still live as foreigners.

(Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth,Mephibosheth is another name for Merib-baal. who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled.)

One day Recab and Baanah, the sons of Rimmon from Beeroth, went to Ishbosheth’s house around noon as he was taking his midday rest.The doorkeeper, who had been sifting wheat, became drowsy and fell asleep. So Recab and Baanah slipped past her.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads So they went into the house pretending to fetch wheat, but they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Recab and Baanah escaped.They went into the house and found Ishbosheth sleeping on his bed. They struck and killed him and cut off his head. Then, taking his head with them, they fled across the Jordan ValleyHebrew the Arabah. through the night.When they arrived at Hebron, they presented Ishbosheth’s head to David. “Look!” they exclaimed to the king. “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of your enemy Saul who tried to kill you. Today the Lord has given my lord the king revenge on Saul and his entire family!”

But David said to Recab and Baanah, “The Lord, who saves me from all my enemies, is my witness.10 Someone once told me, ‘Saul is dead,’ thinking he was bringing me good news. But I seized him and killed him at Ziklag. That’s the reward I gave him for his news!11 How much more should I reward evil men who have killed an innocent man in his own house and on his own bed? Shouldn’t I hold you responsible for his blood and rid the earth of you?”

12 So David ordered his young men to kill them, and they did. They cut off their hands and feet and hung their bodies beside the pool in Hebron. Then they took Ishbosheth’s head and buried it in Abner’s tomb in Hebron.

David Becomes King of All Israel

Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood.In the past,Or For some time. when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel’s leader.’”

So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel.

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all.He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

David Captures Jerusalem

David then led his men to Jerusalem to fight against the Jebusites, the original inhabitants of the land who were living there. The Jebusites taunted David, saying, “You’ll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!” For the Jebusites thought they were safe.But David captured the fortress of Zion, which is now called the City of David.

On the day of the attack, David said to his troops, “I hate those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites.Or Those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites hate me. Whoever attacks them should strike by going into the city through the water tunnel.Or with scaling hooks. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.” That is the origin of the saying, “The blind and the lame may not enter the house.”The meaning of this saying is uncertain.

So David made the fortress his home, and he called it the City of David. He extended the city, starting at the supporting terracesHebrew the millo. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. and working inward.10 And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies was with him.

11 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace.12 And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

13 After moving from Hebron to Jerusalem, David married more concubines and wives, and they had more sons and daughters.14 These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia,16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.

David Conquers the Philistines

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold.18 The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim.19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”

The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”

20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.

22 But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim.23 And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplarOr aspen, or balsam; also in 5:24. The exact identification of this tree is uncertain. trees.24 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”25 So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from GibeonAs in Greek version (see also 1 Chr 14:16); Hebrew reads Geba. to Gezer.

Moving the Ark to Jerusalem

Then David again gathered all the elite troops in Israel, 30,000 in all.He led them to Baalah of JudahHebrew Baale of Judah, another name for Kiriath-jearim; compare 1 Chr 13:6. to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,Or the Ark of God where the Name is proclaimed—the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. who is enthroned between the cherubim.They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cartthat carried the Ark of God.As in Dead Sea Scrolls and some Greek manuscripts; Masoretic Text reads and they brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill, with the Ark of God. Ahio walked in front of the Ark.David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songsAs in Dead Sea Scrolls and Greek version (see also 1 Chr 13:8); Masoretic Text reads before the Lord with all manner of cypress wood. and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.

But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God.Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this.As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads because of his irreverence. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.

David was angry because the Lord’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today.

David was now afraid of the Lord, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the Lord back into my care?”10 So David decided not to move the Ark of the Lord into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath.11 The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.

12 Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration.13 After the men who were carrying the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.Hebrew a linen ephod.15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

Michal’s Contempt for David

16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.

17 They brought the Ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord.18 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.19 Then he gave to every Israelite man and woman in the crowd a loaf of bread, a cake of dates,Or a portion of meat. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. and a cake of raisins. Then all the people returned to their homes.

20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”

21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord.22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!”23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.

And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

And Saul's son had two men that were captains of bands: the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite, of the children of Benjamin: (for Beeroth also was reckoned to Benjamin.

And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim, and were sojourners there until this day.)

And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.

And the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, went, and came about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

And they came thither into the midst of the house, as though they would have fetched wheat; and they smote him under the fifth rib: and Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped.

For when they came into the house, he lay on his bed in his bedchamber, and they smote him, and slew him, and beheaded him, and took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.

And they brought the head of Ishbosheth unto David to Hebron, and said to the king, Behold the head of Ishbosheth the son of Saul thine enemy, which sought thy life; and the Lord hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.

And David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto them, As the Lord liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:

11 How much more, when wicked men have slain a righteous person in his own house upon his bed? shall I not therefore now require his blood of your hand, and take you away from the earth?

12 And David commanded his young men, and they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet, and hanged them up over the pool in Hebron. But they took the head of Ishbosheth, and buried it in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron.

Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.

Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.

So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel.

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.

In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.

Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.

10 And David went on, and grew great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.

11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house.

12 And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.

13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.

14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,

15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.

17 But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.

18 The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

19 And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

20 And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.

21 And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.

22 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.

23 And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.

24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.

25 And David did so, as the Lord had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?

10 So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household.

12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.

18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord.

22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

John 13:31-14:14

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial13:37, 38pp — Mt 26:33-35; Mk 14:29-31; Lk 22:33, 34

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of ManS Mt 8:20 is glorifiedJn 7:39; 12:23 and God is glorified in him.Jn 14:13; 17:4; 1Pe 4:1132 If God is glorified in him,Many early manuscripts do not have If God is glorified in him. God will glorify the Son in himself,Jn 17:1 and will glorify him at once.

33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.S Jn 7:33, 34

34 “A new commandJn 15:12; 1Jn 2:7-11; 3:11 I give you: Love one another.Lev 19:18; 1Th 4:9; 1Pe 1:22 As I have loved you, so you must love one another.Jn 15:12; Eph 5:2; 1Jn 4:10, 1135 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”1Jn 3:14; 4:20

36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”Jn 16:5

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now,ver 33; Jn 14:2 but you will follow later.”Jn 21:18, 19; 2Pe 1:14

37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”

38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!Jn 18:27

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled.ver 27 You believeS Jn 3:15 in GodOr Believe in God;Ps 4:5 believe also in me.My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going thereJn 13:33, 36; 16:5 to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come backver 18, 28; S Mt 16:27 and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.S Jn 12:26You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father

ThomasS Jn 11:16 said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I amS Jn 6:35 the wayJn 10:9; Eph 2:18; Heb 10:20 and the truthJn 1:14 and the life.S Jn 1:4 No one comes to the Father except through me.Ac 4:12If you really know me, you will knowSome manuscripts If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.Jn 1:18; S 1Jn 2:23 From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

PhilipS Jn 1:43 said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.Isa 9:6; Jn 1:14; 12:45; 2Co 4:4; Php 2:6; Col 1:15; Heb 1:3 How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?ver 11, 20; Jn 10:38; 17:21 The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority.S ver 24 Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.Jn 5:36; 10:3812 Very truly I tell you, whoever believesMt 21:21 in me will do the works I have been doing,Lk 10:17 and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.13 And I will do whatever you askS Mt 7:7 in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man“Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him.32 And since God receives glory because of the Son,Several early manuscripts do not include And since God receives glory because of the Son. he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once.33 Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going.34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

36 Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”

And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.”

37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.”

38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.

Jesus, the Way to the Father

14 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.Or There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?Or If this were not so, I would have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you. Some manuscripts read If this were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you.When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.And you know the way to where I am going.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.Some manuscripts read If you have really known me, you will know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you?10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me.11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.

12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.13 You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!

31 Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32 If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Psalm 119:17-32

ג Gimel

17 Be good to your servantPs 13:6; 116:7 while I live,

that I may obey your word.ver 67; Ps 103:20

18 Open my eyes that I may see

wonderful things in your law.

19 I am a stranger on earth;S Ge 23:4; Heb 11:13

do not hide your commands from me.

20 My soul is consumedPs 42:2; 84:2 with longing

for your lawsver 131; S Ps 63:1; Isa 26:9 at all times.

21 You rebuke the arrogant,ver 51; Job 30:1; Ps 5:5; Jer 20:7; 50:32; Da 4:37; Mal 3:15 who are accursed,Dt 27:26

those who strayS ver 10 from your commands.

22 Remove from me their scornPs 39:8 and contempt,

for I keep your statutes.ver 2

23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,

your servant will meditate on your decrees.

24 Your statutes are my delight;

they are my counselors.

ד Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;Ps 44:25

preserve my lifever 50, 107; Ps 143:11 according to your word.ver 9

26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;

teach me your decrees.Ps 25:4; 27:11; 86:11

27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,

that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.Ps 105:2; 145:5

28 My soul is weary with sorrow;Ps 6:7; 116:3; Isa 51:11; Jer 45:3

strengthen mePs 18:1; Isa 40:29; 41:10 according to your word.ver 9

29 Keep me from deceitful ways;Ps 26:4

be gracious to meS Nu 6:25 and teach me your law.

30 I have chosenS Jos 24:22 the way of faithfulness;S Ps 26:3

I have set my heartS Ps 108:1 on your laws.

31 I hold fastS Dt 10:20 to your statutes, Lord;

do not let me be put to shame.

32 I run in the path of your commands,

for you have broadened my understanding.

Gimel

17 Be good to your servant,

that I may live and obey your word.

18 Open my eyes to see

the wonderful truths in your instructions.

19 I am only a foreigner in the land.

Don’t hide your commands from me!

20 I am always overwhelmed

with a desire for your regulations.

21 You rebuke the arrogant;

those who wander from your commands are cursed.

22 Don’t let them scorn and insult me,

for I have obeyed your laws.

23 Even princes sit and speak against me,

but I will meditate on your decrees.

24 Your laws please me;

they give me wise advice.

Daleth

25 I lie in the dust;

revive me by your word.

26 I told you my plans, and you answered.

Now teach me your decrees.

27 Help me understand the meaning of your commandments,

and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.

28 I weep with sorrow;

encourage me by your word.

29 Keep me from lying to myself;

give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.

30 I have chosen to be faithful;

I have determined to live by your regulations.

31 I cling to your laws.

Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!

32 I will pursue your commands,

for you expand my understanding.

17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.

30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame.

32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Proverbs 15:31-32

31 Whoever heeds life-giving correction

will be at home among the wise.S Pr 9:7-9; S 12:1

32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,S Pr 1:7; S 12:1

but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.S Pr 9:7-9; S 12:1; Ecc 7:5

31 If you listen to constructive criticism,

you will be at home among the wise.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;

but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

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